Documentary features Yoshiki performing songs from Frozen and The Lion King
International rock star/composer Yoshiki stars in Disney – My Music Story: Yoshiki, now premiering exclusively on the Disney+ Japan streaming service and expected for release internationally within the next month.
The unlikely collaboration of Disney and Yoshiki shocked and delighted his millions of fans worldwide, who have long revered him as the fast-drumming rebel who pioneered rock in his home country. But Yoshiki, also a gifted pianist and composer, has gone on to worldwide success in classical music – so when Disney asked to him to star in their new documentary series, he knew it would be a natural fit. In fact, he performs the songs in the program on his signature crystal grand piano with a string quartet.
The original documentary features Yoshiki’s new arrangements and performances of the songs “Let It Go” from Frozen and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King. He goes on to perform the hits “Endless Rain” and “Without You” from his iconic rock band, X Japan. Fans will also get an intimate look at Yoshiki’s musical origins and his recording process in his state-of-the-art L.A. studio.
As a solo artist and leader of the stadium-packing rock group X Japan, Yoshiki has sold 50 million albums and singles worldwide. He has headlined the world’s most prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Wembley Arena; and has sold out the Tokyo Dome a record setting 18 times. He also composed the theme for the Golden Globe Awards, a classical concerto for the Emperor of Japan, and the Hello Kitty theme song, as well as the theme for the hit animation series, Attack on Titan. Yoshiki has collaborated with Beatles producer George Martin, Roger Taylor of Queen, and Sarah Brightman; and most recently Bono, will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, and St. Vincent. Yoshiki is currently composing music for Hollywood films and other soon-to-be-announced TV projects. In addition to his career in music, he launched a few years ago his kimonos brand called YOSHIKIMONO. This month of November, he is the face of the cover of Numero Tokyo last issue.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.